The Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore (Two Steps Towards Equality) Programme to Prevent VAW in Bihar, India
The Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore (Two Steps Towards Equality) Programme was implemented to better understand what works to prevent violence against women (VAW) in the context of Bihar, India. It aimed to prevent violence through raising awareness about women’s rights, changing traditional notions of masculinity and female subordination, promoting women’s agency, building support systems to help women at risk of violence, and preventing incidences of violence within participants’ immediate environment.
The programme consisted of four interventions involving married women and men, young men and boys, elected representatives, frontline health workers, and communities. The four interventions were comprised of a range of activities catering to the specific needs and interests of the target groups. These included weekly gender transformative life skills sessions to train locally elected representatives and frontline health workers, cricket coaching for boys and financial literacy and livelihoods training for women.